The five candidates seeking to seize Michael Rubio's vacant 16th Senate District seat in May's mid-term special election are scheduled to attend a debate on Tuesday at the Marriott hotel on Truxtun Avenue in downtown Bakersfield.

The debate will be hosted by KERN 1180 radio and moderated by afternoon talk radio host Ralph Bailey.

Candidates Mohammad Arif, Pauline Miranda, Leticia Perez, Francisco Ramirez, Jr. and Andy Vidak will attend the two hour event, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Voters will be asked to support one of the candidates on May 21. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff election on July 23.


Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, has opened an office in Bakersfield.

Located at 2700 M Street, Suite 250 B, the office opened up in late March and will be managed on a day-to-day basis by three local staffers, Valadao announced.

Valadao represents (the newly drawn 21st Congressional District which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.

"In order to serve over 700,000 residents of this district, I am opening an additional office in Bakersfield," Valadao said. "This will enable constituents to physically come to my office for assistance with federal agencies."

Valadao will continue to maintain his office in Hanford at 101 North Irwin Street, Suite 110B and in Washington D.C. Additionally, Valadao will serve his constituents through his recently launched Mobile Office Program.

Officials said the office will offer "a variety of services," including issues with immigration and Veterans affairs. Staffers said they can help people file for and collect their Medicare benefits as well as Social Security Retirement, Disability, and Supplemental Income.

"We can also help those going through the naturalization process or those applying for visas," aides said in a statement.

Staffers can also help arrange visits to Washington, provide constituents with legislative information, and nominate high school students to Service Academies.

Valadao also offers an internship program in his district and Washington offices.

The office phone number is 661) 864-7736.